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Operational Programme 2007–2013: Caribbean
Commission Européenne - MEMO/08/484 07/07/2008
Brussels, 7 July 2008
1. Operational Programme for the Caribbean – INTERREG IV programme under the 'European Territorial Cooperation' Objective co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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On 26 March 2008, the European Commission approved an operational programme INTERREG IV for the Caribbean Region for the period 2007-2013. This cooperation programme covers, on the one hand, Guadeloupe, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Martinique and French Guiana and, on the other hand, the non-member countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, in particular those in the Caribbean Forum of ACP States (CARIFORUM).
This operational programme comes under the 'European Territorial Cooperation' Objective and has a total budget of about EUR 64 million. The financing provided by the European Union via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is around EUR 48 million, representing some 0.3% of total Community contributions in France in the context of the 2007-2013 cohesion policy. For the non-member countries which are partners in this cooperation programme, financing under the European Development Fund (EDF) will be sought.
3. Purpose and aim of the programme
The objective of the cooperation strategy of the 'INTERREG IV Caribbean' programme 2007-2013 is to support the harmonious, concerted and sustained development of the Caribbean area, based on economic growth, job creation and respect for the environment. It aims to deepen regional cooperation and strengthen territorial cohesion based on competitiveness, attractiveness and integration of the area and exploitation of its assets and resources.
4. Expected impact of the investments
This cooperation programme is centred around targets to:
This operational programme has four priorities:
Priority 1: Innovation, knowledge-based economy, opening up and improving the connectivity of the territories [approx. 44% of total investment]
The objective of this priority is to:
Priority 2: Environment, sustainable management of resources (terrestrial, maritime) and risks [approx. 30% of total investment]
The aim is to encourage concerted sustainable management policies for natural areas, through the creation of common structures and pilot projects on waste management, water resources, coastal management and biodiversity.
The programme should thus make it possible to develop regional capacities in these areas, including soil pollution, energy management and production, and enhance natural areas to the benefit of sustainable tourism development based on eco-tourism.
Priority 3: Developing common services and synergies between the institutions and the territories in order to strengthen social cohesion and integration [approx. 20% of total investment]
The aim of this priority is to address the need to strengthen cooperation between civil society players, so that the population can take better account of the social, cultural, linguistic and historical dimensions of the Caribbean area.
To this end, the scope of cooperation will be widened through dynamic projects aimed at the general public, in the fields of education (school exchanges, occupational mobility), culture and disease prevention, through:
Priority 4: Technical assistance [approx. 6% of total investment]
Technical assistance is to be provided in the fields of management, monitoring and control and for evaluating the programme and its projects, as well as for the communication and promotion activities.
This priority also aims to mobilise appropriate resources to meet the requirements of stimulating and promoting the area, which is characterised by geographical fragmentation and cultural and linguistic diversity.
6. Managing authority: Regional Council of Guadeloupe – Basse-Terre, France
Contact details :
Conseil Régional de la Guadeloupe
Hôtel de Région
Avenue Paul Lacavé-Petit Paris
Tel : + 590 80 41 17
Fax : + 590 80 41 68
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Title: 'Operational Programme INTERREG IV 2007-2013 for the Caribbean'
Intervention type: operational programme
CCI No: 2007CB163PO043
Decision No: C/2008/1079
Date of approval: 26/03/2008
8. Breakdown of funding by priority (in EUR)